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Your hate makes me strong

I don’t know if the other bloggers get these kinds of mail but everyone once in a while I get a raging fanboi write me a mail about how I am the worst human being on the planet. Usually, they’re mostly WoW fanbois but yesterday I got my first Swtor fanboi hate mail due to my post on Soa.

So here is the said email in a mostly unedited form. I removed some identification but the text is intact. I also added some personal comments in italics. Enjoy!

To the retarded monkey,

it’s a fitting name you chose for yourself you know? You’re just like them, completely retarded and you just fling poop all over the place. I hope they experiement on you and give you some deadly disease.

I already have multiple occurrences of blog Herpes, linkage Aids and mmo stinky feet. I have enough disgusting diseases as is. Ask  NJessi for where you can get these fun diseases.

Your blog on Soa is proof of that. You just write nonsense for your dumb readers when in fact you are just fail and just don’t know how to play. Just read up on the fight and you’ll beat it. My guild defeated him on hard mode in our first week of raiding and most of us still had green gear on us. Maybe if you weren’t raiding with noobs you would beat it. Just get your thumbs out of your ass!

How am I supposed to keep my thumbs warms ?? Also, if you are reading this you could be dumb. But it’s alright, I’m dumb too so we’ll probably have way more fun than the guy writing this mail. Being elitist is srs bznes.

Also I call lies on the whole “beating Soa on hard mode with greens”…

What’s worst is that when you write all these lies on your blog you hurt the game you pretend to love. If we want swtor to grow, we need more people to play, not less you dumbf**k! Use that tiny brain of yours for a change.

When we encountered the bugs it felt very real… maybe we had a collective hallucination. And if I get this part right… I should lie to get the game better but not lie at the same time… it’s a bit confusing for my “tiny” brain here.

Please just go back to WoW with your gay friends and faceroll some bosses. It should make your tiny brain happy.

Again with the tiny brain. We also have the “gay” insult which is very original. Great mail!

 Well, it made me laugh when I got this yesterday. Hope it made you smile too!

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My undying hatred for Soa

Soa is the final boss in the Eternity Vault operation (raid). He’s some kind of powered up ancient Rakata Palpatine or some such and he’s supposed to be badass and impressive. Personally, I think he looks like a mutant tuna fish.

And as befit most final bosses in raid, he’s got somewhat of a fancy fight with multiple phases, platform hoping, positioning him under pillars so he takes damage and a slew of other small things. Under normal circumstances I’d call him an interesting fight.

But that would be if he wasn’t bugged out like hell. He’s a raid leader nightmare come true. Why? Because our ability to kill him reside not so much our own abilities but more with our ability to beat the RBG (Random Bug Generator). Of all our wipes on this guy, slightly over half are directly linked to bugs.

We’ve had the boss reset, platforms disappears or not being there to begin with, the pillars not hitting him when they should, the boss not taking damage even though he had his debuff on. We had people fall through the floor or not falling at all when they go down, lightning balls do an absurd amount of damage.. or being simply invisible and the list goes on. There was a thread on the swtor forums where people compiled the various bugs and last time I looked, there was 27 different wipe causing bugs listed.

We did kill him in the end but it’s so frustrating to have to suffer through the bugs for a boss that we would have under control if not for the bugs. And it’s taking its toll on some of our raider moral as well. I’ve had people talk to me through whisper telling me that they were considering never doing Eternity Vault again. Normally I’d say screw them along with scathing comments about being a team player but in this particular case I can’t say I disagree with them. Raiding should be fun and wiping due to bugs is not.

But the worst for me is that it gets me ranting during raid and possibly ruining the other people evening who might be enjoying the raid despite the bugs. I try to catch myself from doing it but sometimes I slip up and launch into some sort of angry rant. I don’t want to do that…

I’ll close by saying that I’m aware that this post is basically an angry rant but I had to let it out and hopefully, be done with it.

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Steam sales are evil!

Why? Because I have no will and end-up buying games that I don’t even have the time to play right now! Hey look! It’s Deux:Ex with all the DLC for only 10 dollars!  I only have like 50 more games I need to complete but hey, what’s one more right??

So, no real point to today’s post but complain about my gameolism…

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I don’t want Recount or any addons that looks like it in Swtor. There I said it! I understand perfectly why people want feedback in raids and I would like more too. But, I don’t want to relive Recount and all the addons like it (gearscore for example).

Why?

Because addons end up being gating mechanism. They are not used to evaluate performance to help improve as some people pretend but they are mainly used to keep unwanted players out.

I believe that not everyone starts out being a kickass raider.

I believe however that skill can be taught and learned.

I believe that addons that are used as binary pass/fail features by lazy raid leaders end up robbing players of the opportunity to learn and grow and end up hurting the community as a whole.

I believe that a player should be able to play without being subjects to these addons but that sadly, addons are often enforced on those who want nothing to do with them. A casual gamer should be able to do a normal mode dungeon without being subjected to a dps chart and being told he sucks.

So yes, addons that measure performance can be used to improved oneself or evaluate a raid performance and help find out why a raid is failing at a task. I can also tell you a good raid leader can tell without looking at addons. I raid leaded in WoW, I’m doing it in Swtor and I can tell what is going wrong without an addon.

The truth is that addons are used mainly to keep people out. They are used as a way to tell someone “No, you can’t come” without having to give a real reason and without having to bother to help someone grow in the game.

I understand that some people couldn’t care less about helping others or giving a chance to others. I get that. But I don’t agree with it.

If you give me a choice between performance and building community I will always chose the latter because I believe it will give us a better game in the long run. So if you’re one of those who pins for Recount or Gearscore or any of the similar addons, find me a better solution because right now, I’ll take no feedback over going back to these community destroying addons.

PS: Jennifer rightly pointed out that this post concerns mainly feedback addons and not the ones to change your UI colors or similar addons.

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Hacking worries

I know normally I talk about Lotro on Wednesday but today I have something else on my mind. So the other night I was feeling like playing some Starcraft 2, felt like building marines and blowing stuff up with nukes and the game delivered happily. Yesterday, I was up for some more destruction and hoped in for a quick game.

I then noticed something weird… all my Real Id friends are gone from my friends list… but I don’t pay it much mind. After all, there was a patch recently and it could just be bugged or connection issue with battle net. Nothing to lose sleep over.

Then this morning, Wolfsong contacts me and tells me he noticed my old wow character is now stark naked. Damn…. I’ve been hacked!

Or was I?

See, I went to my Battlenet account and noticed a few weird things. For starters, my WoW account wasn’t reactivated at all… I know from a few friends who got old accounts hacked that said hackers need to reactivate the account to steal it blind. Second weird clue, only my main character is naked. All my other characters are intact… Normally when this happens the hackers empty all the characters…. not just one… So.. how could I have been hacked without even reactivating my account.

To be honest, if it was only WoW I wouldn’t mind so much… sure it’s disturbing to know that you lost all your hard-earned gear even on an inactive account but the real problem for me here is that my Starcraft 2 account is linked there too and I don’t want to lose that one.

So, the investigation is ongoing, I have started the automated recovery process and changed password, put back the authenticator, scan my pc… etc… and I’m praying that it’s only a weird bug thing. Hopefully that’s all it was… a very weird bug

Edit: It was definitively hax. All my Azuremyst chars were hacked and I’m pretty sure I have a key logger on my PC… damnit. Luckily I have auhtenticator for Swtor and I check most of remember account cases so they dont have the combo of account + password but I apparently made a mistake with Sc2 I believe.. sigh… here goes a round of redoing all my passwords 😦

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If you have any interest in Swtor, you are probably anxiously waiting for patch 1.2 which is set for early April. See, there’s a lot of issues in the game, and if you’re listening to the developers it appears that all your wishes will be answered in the next patch.

Pvp issues? New content? Bug fixes? Legacy system? Guild features, customizable UI and even the cure for cancer?? It’s all possible in patch 1.2!! They even made a video worthy of a game expansion for a single patch!

I’ll be serious for a moment and admit I’m starting to get a bit worried about the patch. For starters, any of the above features could easily make up a single patch all by themselves. This is a lot of content for a single patch and I fear that by trying to accommodate everyone, they’ll end up missing their target on every count. The worst scenario right now would be for them to release a patch that is incomplete on most of the features. Like incomplete guild features, buggy legacy system, badly balanced class changes, buggy new content. In short, I fear that by trying to include too much content they’ll end up making a patch that needs a patch.

I know I’m being pessimistic but I do work in software developement and I’m aware of the amount of work that goes into patches and updates and I’m worried at the size of it. Bioware could always surprises us all and deliver on all the fronts but I’d be surprised if they managed to pull this off without a hitch. I’m worried because a lot of players, myself included, are waiting for fixes and features that we consider essential and if they’re badly done or not present, I’m not sure how entertained I’ll be at the idea of waiting another two months to see a fix. “I’ll unsuscribe and come back in a year” option might look a lot more attractive for some.

But hey, I’m probably worrying for nothing because patch 1.2 will end world hunger as well so a few missing things should not be that important right?

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Diablo 3 release date is now known, may 15 2012 and you can even pre-purchase it right away. Diablo 3 developement has been interesting to watch in the past few months, especially since they announced that it would be free to WoW players with a one year subscription.

Simply put, the classic Blizzard scenario was being played out. Blizzard would slowly trickle information about the future game that would make the fans pass out from desire but the game would never be really completed. The long-awaited release date always seemed to be far away and as any fan of Blizzard can attest to, better be patient with them.

However the twist this time was that by giving the game away free with 1 year subs Blizzard had to release within that one year time frame and most early guesses from “insider sources” seemed to aim at early spring 2012, which seemed to fit the rumors of Diablo 3 in spring, Starcraft 2 summer and Pandaria in fall, a busy year for Blizzard.

Then the rumor mill went crazy a few weeks ago after Blizzard said they were not ready yet to announce a release date which in the mind of many people meant that early spring was out and any point in 2012 became a possibility.

Pvp is cut…

A few days ago the big news drop… pvp will be cut from Diablo 3, the reason given? It’s not living up to their standard which has been Blizzard excuse for all cut content since Lord of the Clans. You may agree or not with the wording chosen or if it’s the real reason but it is the reason given.

At this point I was planning on giving a long history of Blizzard history since it merged with Activision but I’m going to keep it simple. Every game and expansion since the merger (exception of Wotlk which released soon after the merger) have had content cut or has been heavily modified. Cataclysm lost Path of the Titans and a lot other small features, Sc2 went from three campaigns to one, Diablo 3 now just lost pvp…

I’m having trouble finishing this post… I’m disappointed by Blizzard since the merger. Not everything was bad and I had a ton of fun with Sc2 but on the whole, I feel I’ve been watching a company that cared about making great game become a company only interested in making money at the expanse of the quality of games and the gamers. Call me naive, but I loved to think that somewhere out there, there was still people who cared about just making a great game.

I’m going to finish with this. Please prove me wrong Blizzard.

 

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